According to the study, 57% say the current political climate is "a very or somewhat significant source of stress" and 45% say the same about the election.
Most alarming, 66 percent of Americans say that they are feeling significant stress about the future of the country. While some believed anxiety levels would decrease after the election, once the campaigning wound down, it seems to be steadily moving in the opposite direction. For the longest time, Deena Shanker reports at Bloomberg, stress levels were going down, but then, last year, the slow-motion vehicle crash of the election started dominating everything, and America got anxious. Now that people are citing politics as a serious stressor in their lives, APA researchers included in their survey questions relating to the country's officials.
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Muslim Americans, immigrants and victims of sexual trauma are especially prone to greater stress since the election, and mental health specialists who work in Veterans Affairs hospitals have reported their patients have made comments such as "This isn't what I risked my life for", said Vaile Wright, a licensed psychologist and member of APA's Stress in America team.
The last regular APA Harris poll was taken in August of previous year - but the Association commissioned an addition poll in January 2017, and that pol found the first spike in American stress levels since the survey began. In fact almost three of every four Democrats, 72 percent, said that Trump was causing them significant stress. For example, 53 percent of those with more than a high school education reported stress caused by the election outcome. Among white respondents, 42% reported stress from the election results. Rural Americans were the most serene about Trump's victory, with only 33 percent feeling stress about the election result. There's so much to consume and internalize that people's hyper-vigilance is causing more harm than good.
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"For many, the transition of power and the speed of change can cause uncertainty and feelings of stress, and that stress can have health consequences".
You can read the rest of the survey right here. She asserted that keeping up with the headlines at night will only "get you riled up again when you should be prioritizing going to sleep, winding down, preparing for the next day. burnout isn't going to help anybody". Stress levels had spiked by January 2017.
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